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Pots and Poetry and other essays

Versfeld, M

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Pots and Poetry and other essays is a collection of some of South African philosopher Martin Versfeld’s most popular works, as well as three previously uncollected essays.
This professor of philosophy, who took great pleasure in claiming that he would be disowned by most schools of philosophy in the West, finds mundane matters such as pots and rocks worthy of investigation. He enriches and enlarges our understanding of the world by synthesising Eastern and Western thought – along the way demonstrating that Plato and Confucius were brothers in arms – and by taking a stance on the environment that is far ahead of its time.

“The integrated man spontaneously recognises the integrity of things. Integrity means wholeness, the quality of being the image of the One, the quality by which a flower or a mouse or a pebble asserts, against all the powers of nothingness, that it has the dignity of actuality. A poet is a man who can take off his hat to a brick in honour of the original Poiesis. We have gone as far as we know how in the disintegration of matter, and since what we do to matter we do to ourselves, we are achieving a peak of human disintegration.”


Martin Versfeld was professor of philosophy at the University of Cape Town. He was also an outdoorsman who could write with as much ease about mountaineering as about the thoughts of medieval philosophers. The anniversary of his hundredth birthday takes place in 2009. He was one of South Africa's first true ecological philosophers.

Additional Information

Publisher Proteaboekhuis
Release date 30 Nov 2000
Skrywer Versfeld, M
Dimensies 213 x 137 x 213 cm
Formaat Sagteband
Bladsye 176
isbn 9781869193195
Genre Opstel

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